Biden doesn’t trust Secret Service, says agent lied about dog bite: book

President Biden does not talk about sensitive topics in front of the Secret Service and told a friend he thought an agent lied about being bitten on the leg last year by the first dog in the era, Major, according to a new book – despite internal emails indicating the German Shepherd bit officers eight days in a row.

“Look, the Secret Service is never here. It didn’t happen,” Biden reportedly said of the location of the alleged attack on the second floor of the White House.

Biden thought “someone was lying…about how the incident unfolded,” author Chris Whipple wrote in “The Fight of His Life,” according to excerpts published by The Independent ahead of the book’s release on January 17.

The president’s attitude about the dog incident is believed to be part of a wider mistrust of the security agency by the key figure it is meant to protect.

Whipple, a respected expert on West Wing management, writes that Biden has been wary of the Secret Service since taking office, apparently believing that many rank-and-file agents supported former President Donald Trump.

The former top dog Major, pictured on the White House lawn last year, has bitten numerous Secret Service agents.
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The president suspected that “MAGA sympathizers” were embedded in the service because the agency is “full of white Southern ex-cops who tend to be deeply conservative,” the book says.

Biden “wasn’t taking any chances,” Whipple writes. “Suspicious of his own Secret Service agents, the President no longer spoke freely in their presence.”

The grudge quickly returned, according to internal Secret Service missives released last year in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from conservative transparency group Judicial Watch.

A Secret Service agent has insisted the President personally pay to repair a torn coat after he was attacked by the Major on March 6, 2021, as Joe and First Lady Jill Biden entered the White House Tennis Pavilion.

The attack that Biden denied happened two days later — March 8 — around 7 a.m. while an officer was in the second-floor residential area with the first lady.

“Without warning or provocation, Major barked loudly at [the agent] …and charged,” according to a heavily redacted incident report.

“Having no time to take shelter from the attack, [the agent] turned away from the dog as he bit [redacted] right leg,” the account added.

Biden reportedly accused a Secret Service agent of lying about being bitten. A photo of the officer’s injuries was taken but has not been released.
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About an hour later, President Biden’s chief protective officer, David Cho, wrote in an email: “Major bit one of the officers this morning. The officer is fine, but has bruises and a flat tire.

The agent was bitten by Major a second time, but it’s unclear when.

A photo of the officer’s injuries exists and has been mentioned in internal communications, but has not yet been made public.

The White House said in December 2021 that the Bidens gave Major away to “family friends” after Secret Service emails revealed a cover-up of the numerous dog bites.

Then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed only one dog attack on March 9, 2021, although he also bit officers daily from March 1-8.

“The young First Family dog, Major, was startled by an unknown person and reacted in a manner that resulted in minor injury to the individual,” Psaki said at a press briefing.

Major Biden, right, was given to “friends of the family”, according to the White House.
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“NO, I did not catch the dog doing my job by being at [redacted] as the press officer has just said! Now I’m pissed,” the officer who was attacked on March 8 wrote to a colleague.

The colleague replied, “SMH. .. hope you weren’t hurt [sic] wrong.”

Another message written by an unknown Secret Service employee referred to photos of the bite area and stated that “the injury cannot be described in any other term than ‘serious'”.

Secret Service records indicate Major Biden’s attacks began earlier than expected and continued for months – ensnaring scores of protection officers, a National Park Service employee and a White House visitor.

On Friday, March 5, the visitor “went out of [redacted] and dog does b-line [sic] to him. I had his arm twice. A group was standing there at the time,” according to an email, which added that the bite “[d]it breaks the skin.

The full timeline revealed by agency documents indicates that officers were bitten on February 28, 2022 — initially around 9 a.m. and then around 7 p.m. — at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Del.

A tear in a secret service agent's coat.
An officer said Major “attacked” him and tore the woolen coat he was wearing.
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In the first attack of the day, Major charged through a lawn and an officer “turned around to avoid a direct attack” and was bitten in the right thigh. A photo taken a week later showed an “oval-shaped” bruise that “shows the outline of the dog’s closed jaws.”

Later that day, President Biden took his older dog, Champ, who has since died, inside but left Major outside.

“Almost immediately after the door closed, [the agent] observed Major running at [redacted] full stride from the main driveway” and the officer “quickly scrambled to take cover inside… [but] Major intercepted [the agent] and bitten on [their] left forearm,” according to the documents.

The agent “quickly shook Major”, but then “briefly turned around [their] back to Major and the bitten dog [redacted] a second time on the right buttock.

“About 15 minutes after this attack, POTUS Biden opened the front door to let Major into the residence,” according to the email.

The attacks continued at least until May 2021.

A Secret Service agent wrote in an email that on May 12: “Out of nowhere the dog jumps up and bites the sleeve of my suit jacket which is missing my arm (front teeth just scratching the top of the skin). As I raised my arm, the dog was still attached to my suit jacket and the First Lady was trying to pull me away from the dog by the leash.

The first family acquired a new German Shepherd named Commander after giving Major.

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